Just another Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Thanked 357 Times in 337 Posts
Rep Power: 10
On some of the 34s at least, one of the legs of the stanchion base does penetrate the deck inside the toerail... the bulk of the fitting is indeed on the toerail, but this one part of it gets a pretty good load if the stanchion is stressed or pulled on, and it's not hard to imagine an eventual leak there.
Visible on starboard stanchion here:
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)